Interior designer Katie Crossley has joined Manchester-based architecture practice AEW from Leach Rhodes Walker as senior interior designer.
Crossley has worked across retail, office and residential projects, as well as a recent series of hotel, restaurant, and conference centre contracts.
AEW said she was recruited for her "smart, elegant design style and pragmatic approach".
Andrew Critchlow, director at AEW, said: "Katie is a skilled designer who is both trend aware and budget conscious, a combination which I'm confident our clients will appreciate. We were impressed with her design flair, particularly within the hotel sector which is an area we are developing and currently have a number of projects which will benefit from Katie's expertise, including Old Trafford's Hotel Football and numerous boutique hotel projects for private clients."
Crossley said: "The opportunities within interior design have increased and strengthened in recent years, especially with a greater understanding of the positive impact it can have on productivity and well-being. Developers, particularly within the retail, hotel and leisure market, want to stand out from the competition and validate their brand with quality spaces. I enjoy working with clients to understand what they want to convey through the design and helping to create attractive yet workable spaces. AEW has some exciting projects in the pipeline and I'm really looking forward to getting started."
AEW now employs five interior designers. Interior designer Helen Ewart joined in the summer, following a spell at Redbridge Interiors. She teamed up with Jennie Rowe on re-imaging schemes for AEW's biggest client, McDonald's Restaurant, among others.
AEW employs 50 people and is based in Spring Gardens in Manchester city centre.